We expected, as the name of the ride suggests, to Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and PARTY! However, the partying didn’t wait. The evening of the first day, in Bellingham, WA, we attended the Bellingham Bike-In, which celebrated the bicycle with a parade, a bike show, music by Hot Damn Scandal, food, a beer garden, and later on, a outdoor screening of a movie (we didn’t stay for that–our stamina has limits).
The next afternoon, we rolled across the finish line at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver, parked our bicycles downstairs and then joined the official festivities upstairs. After riding 188 or so miles over two days, any food and any beer tastes wonderful as you vigorously rub elbows with fellow finishers. And on both days, it was great spending time with our buddy Bob, plus on the second day we got to hang out with James, Sandy, David, Gary and other Cascade friends.
It’s a bicymple, designed by Josh Bechtel.
Here Josh shows our friend Bob how it works.
And Bob bravely tries it out.
The rear wheel can pivot as well as the front.
Thus the bicymple has qualities much like a unicycle.
A woman and her pet, on her bicycle decorated for the bicycle show.
A penny farthing on display.
The band Hot Damn Scandal
A judge of the bike show, hard at work.
Bob reads up on the “Bellingham Express,” a 1930’s era tandem kept in very nice repair.
A local couple rode this bicycle for years many decades ago.
Discussing the Express with the current owner.
Jump ahead to the Post-Ride Party in Vancouver. Here Timothy massages Paula’s feet beneath the privacy of the tablecloth.
James Coliz, in the Bianchi jersey, one of the Bob group.
Behind our table, the fountain where many soothed their tired feet.
Paula, Bob and Timothy
A jersey from Bainbridge Island . . .
. . . that celebrates age and aggression.
We took a cab to our hotel and as it turned at the first corner we encountered a parade.
Zombies on Parade!